Out of my list of books for this year, Dark Companion by Marta Acosta is the first to be released (July 3rd) and I was happily able to obtain a galley for review from NetGalley and really enjoyed the gothic, atmospheric writing. A proper review will be posted in the coming weeks, but I just wanted to acknowledge this book in my post as I am also eager to read other blogger's reviews and thoughts on it. The Jane Eyre aspect is not as blatant as I was expecting which was a surprise, but this was not the disappointment I would have thought, because the story is such a page-turner.
Death of a Schoolgirl by Joanna Campbell Slan is probably the one book I am MOST looking forward to, and luckily it is being released relatively soon (August 7th). The premise sounds like so much fun, and different from the derivatives of Jane Eyre that I am used to. Jane Rochester investigating a mysterious death at Adele's new school? And then Jane goes undercover!! Yes please! I hope this book will be fun and the mystery well written. And I especially hope the characters are true to their source. And maybe Mr. Rochester will turn up at the school in an exciting climax to save Jane from some dangerous mad person. And this time it won't be Bertha. ... or will it??!! (I mean if Sherlock - as played by Benedict Cumberbatch - can jump to his "death" off a building and survive...)
Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick looks to be a fun, short read in a similar vein to It All Began With Jane Eyre by Sheila Greenwald, where the story of Jane Eyre comes up at useful times to illustrate what is going on in the characters personal lives. I actually really don't know, as I haven't been able to find too much information about the plot and can only judge from the previous books in the series (which all seem to be based around a different novel). This book comes out September 11th, and I'll be eagerly waiting for more information on it to turn up.
This one sounds very promising! Ironskin by Tina Connolly - similar to Dark Companion perhaps with it's paranormal twist on Jane Eyre, but I think this one might follow the plot of Jane Eyre much more closely, as the two main characters are named Jane Eliot (I see what you did there!) and Edward Rochart. (I see what you did there again!) And the cover is fantastic - gothic and a lovely, ethereal monochromatic color scheme. For the hero's secret, I hope that the nature of it will be sufficiently major enough to break up the couple as I am always disappointed when I don't understand the motivation of the Jane character to leave her Rochester. The Flight of Gemma Hardy (although a well-done book) had a particularly weak "secret" I felt. Ironskin is set to release on October 2nd.
Well that's it for now. These are the the books I would drop everything to read! If any readers of this blog are Jane Eyre fans like woah, let me know so I can enthuse with you! :)